Position title: Communications Director; 2021 Postdoc Symposium Planning Co-Chair
Julia earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington, where she majored in biology and chemistry. She completed her PhD in Biophysics in 2017 at UW–Madison. She worked with Prof. Doug Weibel, and her research focused on the effects of cell-membrane composition on biofilm development in the model organism E. coli. After working as a science writer at Promega Corporation, she decided to return to academia to pursue a postdoc with Prof. Jo Handelsman. She now investigates the chemical and genetic regulation of soil microbe communities, as well as perceptions of race in academic settings. In her free time, she loves reading (and writing) sci-fi/fantasy novels and playing piano and Magic: The Gathering.